Visit downtown Garland, where historic charm abounds. By day, you can browse through hometown specialty shops and sample locally owned eateries. By night, downtown transforms to the heart of Garland’s cultural community. The Granville Arts Center and Plaza Theatre host musicals, plays, concerts and exhibits. The Plaza Theatre a local historic landmark opened in 1941, the theatre has recently returned to its roots and includes movies in its annual events.
Downtown Garland is rich in history, Main Street was the route of the famed Bankhead Highway, a historical marker marks the site of one of the nation’s earliest transcontinental highways that connected Washington DC to San Diego, California. The Landmark Museum, which is housed in the Santa Fe Depot located at 393 N. Sixth Street. The museum displays some early settlers artifacts, photos, old newspapers, farm tools and quilts. A historical marker marks the location of the 1901 depot. Stop by the Convention & Visitors Bureau to receive information on the self- guided walking tour of downtown historic sites.
On Saturday nights, especially when the weather is good, the sound of guitars, fiddles and banjos ring throughout the downtown square as area musicians provide impromptu entertainment. A variety of events take place on the weekends on the square including multicultural events, arts &crafts shows, and parades. The most popular event of the year held in downtown is the annual Christmas tree lighting and Christmas on the Square which always features activities for the children including snow hill for tubing and photos with Santa.